School ProfileAnn Smith Elementary
306 South Pear Orchard Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Telephone: 601-856-6621Principal - Karen HarnessAssistant Principal - Adam Frazier
Ann Smith Elementary is a kindergarten through second-grade public school serving the Ridgeland attendance zone of the Madison County School District.
760 students are currently enrolled in kindergarten through second grade.
Our school was founded in 1963 as Ridgeland Elementary School. In 2001, the name was changed to Ann E. Smith Elementary in honor of longtime teacher and administrator Ms. Ann Smith, who served as principal from 1969 to 1991. A wonderful educator and role model, Ms. Smith set the tone for the school’s positive learning environment, which students still experience today.
In 2010, Ann Smith Elementary was transformed inside and out, thanks to $3.3 million in renovations funded by the 2009 school bond issue. Renovations included a new front facade, four additional classrooms, an expanded cafeteria, new administrative offices, energy-efficient lighting and an overall facelift. These enhancements have created a more conducive learning environment and a greater sense of community pride.
Ann Smith Elementary is located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson, the state’s capital. Ann Smith Elementary is part of the Madison County School District, one of the fastest-growing and top-rated school districts in the state. Ridgeland offers easy access to premier shopping, amazing restaurants and fine dining, and family-friendly events. Residents enjoy local convenience, abundant parks, the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and one of the most spectacular and extensive walking and biking trail systems in the state. Ridgeland has received numerous accolades recently, including the 2013 Healthiest Hometown Award by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, three consecutive awards for Tree City USA and the Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze Award. Additionally, Google named Ridgeland as Mississippi's eCity for 2013, and the city was chosen as a top 100 place to live by MONEY® Magazine in 2007.
• 100 percent of our certified teachers are considered highly qualified, with 18 out of 40 (45 percent) of them having earned an advanced degree such as a master’s, specialist or PhD.
• Ann Smith Elementary employs eight National Board Certified teachers.
• The school has a 1:12 student-to-educator ratio.
• Our most recent standardized test data indicates that 84 percent of all students were proficient or advanced in reading, and 90 percent were proficient or advanced in math.
• ASE was recently selected by Generation Ready, a national education firm, as a flagship school used to model best instructional practices in the area of literacy.
Parent Teacher Organization:
Ann Smith Elementary has an active, involved PTO that works to enhance the school, support teachers and help make the school an even better place to be. The PTO sponsors school and communitywide events such as a back-to-school picnic, Walk to School Day, Family Reading Night, Field Day, Titan Tone Up (a four-week fitness incentive program), Titan Trot 5K and Fun Run, teacher appreciation lunches and class parties. In addition, the PTO coordinates volunteers as needed, raises funds and handles public relations for the school.